Marine Park plan moves forward

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board reviewed four options for the Taku Dock to Marine Park Urban Design Plan Thursday.

    The board priority included more open space, and support for cruise ships.  Public comments taken at several recent meetings included more space for food trucks, open space, and a children's playground.  Architect Chris Mertl says they got good comments from the meeting, "What we really want to do is get people's opinions and really understand their priorities.  We want to know where they want certain facilities."

    40 people showed up for a public display at the Senate building earlier this month to provide comments.  The city also would
    like to put in a larger USS Juneau Memorial in this location.  Resident Odin Brudie says he wants to support the food vendors who are working near the sea walk, "I like the idea of accommodating the food carts and the vendors that are there.  There are some new young Juneau entrepreneurs that have moved into the area and I'd like to see that encouraged and see it continue."

    Ample Parking, elimination of pedestrian and vehicle congestion, a larger visitor center, more off season attractions, and more restrooms
    were also desired by the public.

    The board also honored Jennifer Shinn as their employee of the year.

    Artist Cliff Garten explained to the board his sculptures on the docks that were lit up for the first time Thursday night.  He said he wants the public to enjoy the
    sea walk.  "I think that the experience people will have is one of the waterfront as more of a pedestrian promenade.  It is also a working dock and we don't want to forget that.  I think the pedestrian experience is highly enhanced now."

    10 sculptures were installed this week and Garten said he was very pleased with the assistance of the city staff.


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